Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Rajiformes
(Skates and rays) > Rajidae
Etymology: Raja: Latin, raja, -ae = a sting ray (Raja sp.) (Ref. 45335); mauritaniensis: Named for the geographic region of the type specimens; i.e. Mauritania, to acknowledge the intent by Capapé (1977) to name this skate based on its known distribution..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 50 - 400 m (Ref. 4426). Subtropical; 38°N - 17°N
Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania and the southwestern Mediterranean Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4426)
Found in shelf and slope waters, depending on seasonal lower bottom water temperatures. Feeds on crustaceans and bony fishes (Ref. 3167). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Eggs have horn-like projections on the shell (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous (Ref. 3167). Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
White, W.T. and R. Fricke, 2021. Raja mauritaniensis: a replacement name for Raja africana Capapé, 1977 (Rajiformes: Rajidae), a junior homonym of Raja africana Bloch & Schneider, 1801 (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae). Zootaxa 4970(2):399-400. (Ref. 124211)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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